David Plowden discusses his long career photographing the American Midwest.

David Plowden has published twenty-two photography books capturing myriad aspects of America and the Midwest over a career spanning more than fifty years. A former University of Iowa professor, Plowden’s works are held in the permanent collections of major repositories such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Art Institute of Chicago. On July 7, 2013, Mr. Plowden gave a lecture in the Old Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus. His lecture focused on the creation of his latest book, David Plowden’s Iowa (Humanities Iowa, 2012). He also sat down with the History Corps for an extended interview. Listen below for a window into the mind of a man two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough calls “one of the great artists of our time.”

To learn more about David’s work or to purchase his new book, David Plowden’s Iowa, please visit his website: www.davidplowden.com.

Mr. Plowden’s interview was organized via an ongoing collaboration between the History Corps and the University of Iowa Pentacrest museums. Click here for information on the exciting events, exhibits, and activities offered by the Pentacrest Museums this semester.

David Plowden